Your 29er Is Now Hopelessly Inadequate

blonde36.jpg I was surfin’ around and I found this image from Blonde Fabrications. A 36-inch-wheeled mtb. Appropriately named the Amazon Blonde 36er, the builder apparently races it too. I’m sure it handles like a tank, but I love it when people are willing to push a concept (in this case, 29er wheels vs the standard 26 mtb wheels) to the extreme.

When you look at this picture, keep in mind that the my whole bike could pass thru the rim if it were not for the spokes.

Old School Betties!

Uploaded by photo_history, back in the day of the Safety Bike, that was some hotness. Also see this photo and the lyrics, “She had the sightless eyes, Telling me no lies Knockin’ me out with those American thighs,” came to mind.

More from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Bike Huggers Heart Coffee

Readers pointed out recent bikes & coffee posts from the blogopshere – bulleted below – and that reminded me to post on my new fav coffee shop. It’s Hotwire in West Seattle. The owner has got the blend down with a rich earthiness, a slight sweetness, and no bitterness. She also hand pours, unlike Starbucks. Robot pouring is about the worse thing you can do with espresso and I think led to the downfall of Starbucks. Anyway, back on topic, here are a collection of posts on coffee and a photo titled love grinds.

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That’s an espresso cup that came out of the dishwasher just like that, with grinds settled in the bottom of the cup, in the shape of a heart.

Competitive Cycling for Suits: the PI on business culture and cycling

Good article in the PI on Business and Cycling. The jist? Professionals and execs are moving off the links and on to bikes for doing business. The upshot for suits is that you get a workout in, your competitive urges out, and cut a deal while on your ride. Of course you’ll need a sweet ride, a trainer, and some kit (that’d be a suit in a SuperSuit for those playing along). Some of these folks shell out $8k for a bike so I’m not too worried on that front.

In the great idea category, one local law firm is even handing out Ridley’s for folks who promise to commute for 3 months. This really takes it up a notch in my estimation – the bike becomes about doing a civil good (getting another car out of our daily jams), not just about improving the bottom line of the business. Good for them! And as always, check out the Sound Off section for a surprise. Almost no feedback, almost all positive. It’s still early though.

Product Review: 3T ARX-Team stem & Doric-Team seatpost

3t%20arx-team%20stem.jpg Tecnologia del Tubo Torinese (vaguely translated as “Turin (Italy) technical tubing”) , otherwise known as 3T, was the number two stem and bar maker back in the day, behind Cinelli. Strangely both were owned by the Colombo Group along with Columbus tubing. But the rising value of the Euro, changes in global manufacturing, serious challenges from Deda Elementi and others, and lack of innovative products saw 3T fall off the radar for a few years.

Now they’re back with all new designs. Presumedly, all 3T production has been moved to Asia, because the prices are actually pretty attractive. I’m trying out the new ARX-Team stem, which I like a lot, and the Doric-Team seatpost, which I don’t.

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